Buell XB12S Lightning — something completely different

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Buell Lightning XB12S

Buell XB12S Lightning something completely different

XB12S Lightning — completely different

The Buell Lighting is quite unlike any roadgoing motorcycle, though it a logical comparison with the Xtraraptor and Ducati Monster. All involve massive fuel-injected motors with minimalistic but the Buell does it differently … differently. For starters, it has 20% more capacity, and produces more delivered lower in the rev range its competitors.

The real trickery the Buell is not the engine though – it is the forged aluminium chassis. The of countless hours of computer of the stresses which motorcycle undergo, it is as rigid as it looks, and duty as a petrol tank, the massive swinging arm also as the oil tank.

In this way, the package has been made and lighter. So with the biggest in a class of motorcycle known as the brutal Buell is also the and lightest of the bunch. On the road, it a lot smaller and lighter and more than its competitors, but comparing the really highlights the magnitude of achievement.

The XB12 weighs 10% than the Italians and its wheelbase is compared with 1440mm for the and Cagiva. A 10% difference in the wheelbase of a translates to a very different experience. It also has a steep 21 rake (steering head and a compact, low centre of gravity, and helps to understand how Buell created a motorcycle with a difference.

The fighting weight of the is quite remarkable at an anorexic 175 kg, to the Monster’s 193 kilos and the Xtraraptor’s Compare those weights Honda’s all-conquering MotogGP which should sit on the 145kg but doesn’t, weighing in at “more 148 kg” according to official documents.

No has yet been specified for the first of the replicas likely to hit showroom – the Ducati Desmosedici RR. The real weighs in at 145 kilograms, right on the limit. It will be interesting to see is lighter – the Buell or the RR.

Now Ducati and don’t have to worry head and tail lights, mirrors, instrumentation, alternators and and all the other road registrable on their GP bikes. Both are of materials which could not be in mass production due to their lifespan and incredible cost. delivery of a road bike is so close in weight to the fastest GP in history is a feat of some

That’s how it can be both brutal and at the same time. It stalks the street, with the feeling it is applying more rubber to the than a Formula One car. Yet the are both several kilograms than the competition, and such a reduction in unsprung weight the suspension to do its job so much better.

The is made by Showa, the same which provides the suspension on the RC211V Honda MotoGP with both ends for preload, compression and rebound and a set of upside-down forks which reduce unsprung weight. forks are state-of-the-art these gracing every tarmac with sporting pretence MotoGP to supersport roadsters but was the first to fit inverted forks to a motorcycle. With quality an incredibly rigid chassis and the unsprung weight in the business, fat sticky tyres stay to the tarmac and the XB12S offers a grip on the road in all circumstances.

notably, the Buell feels at under brakes and that’s due to the patented Zero Tortional (ZTL) braking system. The perimeter mounted rotor is by a six-piston Nissin brake and offers immense power and feel. You won’t run out of brakes on the and alongside the Aprilia RS250, you never get a safer motorcycle which to refine the “art of the the spectacular under-brakes, reverse made famous by stunt

Read the numbers and you know it quickly even before a leg over the low saddle. But with miniscule proportions and shallow one would expect far twitchier, sensitive steering than the delivers. It feels agile and not skittish and not at all threatening as some of similar proportions do.

We suspect one of the key reasons for the Buell’s poise and of any disappointing road manners is we previously referred to as a compact – the average location of the mass of the

The compact design of the Buell is clever when you consider how it has the components in order to get the heaviest closer to the centre of gravity – the petrol and oil tanks being the targets, but even the truncated styling saves valuable at the extremities.

The Buell is the product of 20 of refinement under the funding of Davidson motorcycles by Erik Originally Buell pursued of building prototype race leading-edge limited-edition sportsbikes.

Buell History

The first designed and built by Erik was the RW750 in 1983. This was a two-…, “square-four”, rotary-valve machine designed specifically to in the AMA Formula One road racing

A prototype RW750 first hit the in the AMA National at Pocono Speedway in the of 1983. Buell continued testing and development work on the throughout that summer and the fall. His success was measured testing at Talladega, Alabama, it was clocked at a top speed of 178 mph.

on the RW750 continued through a production version was released in the Just one RW750 was sold to the Machinists Racing Team the AMA announced that 1985 be the last year of Formula One An announcement that Superbikes occupy the premier race in 1986 effectively eliminated any for the RW750. Crushing as that may been to lesser builders, viewed the rules change as a setback.

He went back to this time aiming at the goal of building the first sportbike designed and built in the Tapping his knowledge of what on the racetrack and his experience as a Harley-Davidson Erik Buell designed his entry into the sportbike the RR1000.

Powered by the Harley-Davidson engine, the stiff, light was designed to allow rubber-mounting became a patented engineering of Buell sport bikes: the system. Buell’s design utilised the engine as a fully member of the frame. Capping the firsts was Buell’s use of a rear mounted beneath the motor and a that operated in reverse of the compression-rebound practice.

A total of 50 models were produced 1987-88 before the remaining engines were depleted.

saw the new 1203cc Harley-Davidson Evolution as an opportunity to continue tuning the and handling qualities of his bikes. that in mind, he began the chassis to accommodate the 1203. The RR1200 model was introduced 1988, and 65 were produced for through 1989. Streamlining and had been a particular talent and for Erik Buell.

Thus, his continued to change at a measured through the years. In 1989, he the RS1200, a two-seat version of the RR for riders who demanded both performance and two-up comfort. 105 of unique models were through 1990.

Five-speed transmissions were a new of the 1203cc engine in 1991. responded to revised engine points with further improvements to the RS chassis. These were the first production to use “upside-down” (inverted) front stainless steel braided lines and a six-piston front calliper.

As Buell motorcycles refined, the company’s manufacturing were expanded. 1991 was the year in which Buell Company not only designed but also produced it in a new composite and shop. The result was greater control and improved design

A single-seat version of the RS1200 was late in the 1991 model Dubbed the RSS1200, it won enthusiastic of the motorcycle press for its lean, lines. A total of 40 units built between March and 1991. Combined production of RSS and RS totalled 325 through 1993.

In Buell introduced the curvaceous S2, the first model produced the partnership with Harley-Davidson The motorcycle won rave reviews the motorcycle press and is still for its beautiful lines and fluid A sport-touring version, the S2T, was to the line-up in 1995. The new model was Rider Magazine’s Top Innovation season.

Together, the two models for total sales in excess of units. The next year the introduction of the all-new 1996 S1. The original “street fighter”, the S1, defined a whole new class of motorcycles.

Featuring minimal a racing-styled seat, exposed and the centralised mass of the 1203cc exhaust system and suspension, the was named “Hooligan Bike of the by Cycle World Magazine year.

A redesign of the Thunderbolt was introduced in 1996 as the Thunderbolt S3 and the S3T. The models continued the evolution of sport touring Together with the Lightning S1, the S3 and S3T for sales in excess of 2,000

In 1997, the Cyclone M2 was introduced to the line with ith a more seating configuration and wider the Cyclone helped push motorcycle sales above the unit mark. The new Thunderstorm was introduced into the Buell in 1998 as the powerplant for the new White S1W model. Similar in styling to the S1 the new bike featured a carbon rear fender, bold and the super-high output Thunderstorm

The S1W was named “Best Standard” by World Magazine. The Thunderbolt also received the Thunderstorm to round out an impressive offering of models. Sales continued to and in 1998 Buell sold than 5,000 motorcycles. A redesign of the Lightning and Cyclone was in store for 1999. New body, new new suspension, larger and more seats and bold new colour were available on the Lightning X1 and M2.

The Thunderbolt S3 and S3T also received a seat and dramatic new colour and touring options. Dynamic Fuel Injection (DDFI) a standard feature on the Lightning and as well. The redesign and refinements contribute to total sales of 8,000 units world-wide 1999.

Buell Lightning XB12S

Now the centre of gravity of a is just the average location of the of a motorcycle.

One of the main reasons big bikes wallow and yaw on undulating and roads at speed is the amount of they carry at a distance the centre of gravity – panniers, a fairing, a top box and heavy mufflers all to the shimmy and yaw to warn the rider any more power or speed or road forces might the motorcycle to samba out of control. The is at the opposite end of the scale, with fitting on the motorcycle designed to be as to the centre of gravity as possible – it is the opposite and reduces the moment of in pitch, roll and yaw.

The is a bike which is effectively of bad handling behaviour – if you are good this bike will do what you tell it. If you crash bike, it will almost be because you have been ridiculously fast or have the road surface.

The seating is quite upright, and the bars are and offer plenty of leverage, so the is ideal for round-town and won’t you a sore back. In discussing the and road presence of the Buell, it was than once described as a pea – it feels like it has a compact which sits directly the rider located somewhere the knees and ankles and with an upright seating position and the disappearing below the rider’s very quickly, it feels it will do whatever is asked of it, and confidence. The Buell press kit it as a “feeling of flight” and it’s not the product of a copywriter’s imagination – it does feel different and

Now the XB12S motor arguably has its a half century in the prehistoric given the rate of engine going on around it. The Harley is not remotely near the forefront of design though it does a good job thanks to the addition of a of innovative solutions and modern grafts which have well.

It looks and sounds a two-wheeled, big bore hotrod and its specs share more in with a fuel-injected V8 hotrod they do with the overhead and sophisticated valve actuation of its higher revving competitors.

The 45-degree pushrod twin is now but it snarls and spits just the hot rods it emulates. That’s not to say isn’t some very stuff happening. To keep the band fat, the new XB1200 is equipped with Buell Exhaust. An electronic actuator a butterfly valve housed in the to adjust back-pressure by alternating two gas flow paths.

The engine ECM engine speed and throttle while activating the valve to torque and horsepower for the riding At wide-open throttle, for example, the is opened at low rpm to reduce back-pressure so the can gain rpm quickly. The valve in the mid-range to increase torque acceleration, and then opens at high rpm to deliver the most

The Buell InterActive Exhaust has a throaty exhaust note – the throttle and the rumble of idle a flat blat which on a rich tonal quality in the mid The motor is at its finest with an throttle and between 3000 and rpm on the dial – it’s not your Harley drag-pipe music but it nicely with the feeling of the and with a 1200cc motor in the of its torque curve, the XB1200S beams you to a different speed.

why the Buell is so rewarding. It can be ridden town in a completely legal whilst having more fun you can imagine – this is not possible on a supersport. On the Buell, it’s big grin territory.

If it were our we’d get a set of cams to take 25% off the 100 top end, fattening up the low and mid-range curves in the bargain. And we’d fit cranks so it is smoother at low speed, it’s willingness to cough and necessitates one watchful hand the clutch at all times. It’s state-of-tune detracts from its low engine performance just a too much.

Outside city limits, the is a happy participant, though more a backroad motorcycle a freeway machine. There’s no and like all … bikes, it you a full frontal to the elements. If Buell is going to see a lot of country and wind roar and buffeting your go, then choose the similar but faired variant,

On a windy road the frame and make light of every setting you up for the surge of torque and ripping exhaust as you slingshot the exit of every turn. fantastic fun in these environments, and than makes up for the discomfort of it into the country on a freeway.

But it is a motorcycle first and foremost an immensely capable almost motorcycle with a relaxed, riding position designed for an environment.

Ride it well and it you. Ride it badly and the big excuses almost any faux It is incredibly responsive, and can be pulled in in the middle of a corner without any of a complaint.

Unlike most this tiny, which high-revving 125 and 250 motors, it’s difficult to find yourself in the gear, and if you do, get on the clutch and feed in drive and the big motor will you upright again.

A thoroughbred it is. Yet for all its charms, one stands out above the — it has a personality. In a world of it is very different and it’s a you will enjoy being

If you’re prepared to wear a or have it wear a tankbag, you ride it to work every day and doing so every single It’s a bike upon you can have fun at the speed limit.

one final aspect of the Buell might make a difference. It has availability, distinctive styling, and a two brand names behind it, one a 20 year heritage and the other a century. It will always a strong resale value.


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